Week 4 – Personal Discovery

Hour 1

Interview with Lantz Moore.

Lantz is a developer who has done a lot of work with Ruby on Rails, which I talked about back in week 1.

Download the full interview.

(Click the Download link in the upper left to access the MP3 file). 

Hour 2

Was spent going back over the interview and doing a little research.

Here a some technical terms in what we covered:
Java (not JavaScript)


A dynamic object-oriented programming language that can be used for many kinds of software development. It offers strong support for integration with other languages and tools, comes with extensive standard libraries, and can be learned in a few days. – Python.org



Mule is a lightweight Java-based messaging framework that allows you to quickly and easily connect your applications and enable them to exchange data. Mule uses a service-oriented architecture (SOA), enabling easy integration of your existing systems. Regardless of the different technologies the applications use, including JMS, Web Services, JDBC, HTTP, and more, Mule seamlessly handles interactions among them all. – mulesource.org


Eclipse is a multi-language software development platform comprising an IDE and a plug-in system to extend it. It is written primarily in Java and is used to develop applications in this language and, by means of the various plug-ins, in other languages as well—C, C++, Cobol, Python, Perl, PHP and more. – Wikipedia

NetBeans IDE

A free, open-source Integrated Development Environment for software developers. You get all the tools you need to create professional desktop, enterprise, web, and mobile applications with the Java language, C/C++, and even dynamic languages such as PHP, JavaScript, Groovy, and Ruby. NetBeans IDE is easy to install and use straight out of the box and runs on many platforms including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris. – netbeans.org


Hour 3

I spent the last hour trying to do some cleanup on the interview itself.

I used the following software programs:

Wavosaur – Freeware audio editor.  This program is notable in that it has no install program (just unzip and go), does not write to the windows registry, and doesn’t use any windows dll files.  Because of the second two features Wavosaur seems incredibly stable.  It did lock up on me once, but that was probably because I was trying to play the file that I was working on in Media Player at the same time.

Just from browsing around the website and playing with the program a bit, it does have a lot of free pluggins available.  The tuorials aren’t really novice level for the most part.

Audacity – Free, open source audio editing software that is available for all major platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux).  I can’t really judge how good audio editing software is due to my lack of expertise in this area.  I really should brush up on this, but after looking through some of the tools and effects in Audacity, the whole thing seems like rocket science to me.

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